We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

Tipp City, Ohio
Level Contributor
63 posts
1 review
Save Topic
Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

I was wondering if there are any backroads between Pigeon Forge (specifically Cedar Falls Resort off Waldens Creek) & Gatlinburg, that avoids the Pigeon Forge traffic? Thanks.

Wilder, KY
Level Contributor
229 posts
Save Reply
1. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

The simple answer is no. There's nothing that will take you from Wears Valley Road to Gatlinburg without going through the GSMNP or Pigeon Forge. If you look at a google map, you'll notice there is a strip of green there between the two - that's actually part of the National Park, so roads don't go through there.

There are some smaller roads (Little Cove to Mill Creek for example) that will get you down to 321 closer to Gatlinburg, but it won't save you any time. If you take Wears Valley to 321 in Pigeon Forge, you typically won't hit much traffic headed towards Gatlinburg on 321. The light at the Wears Valley/321 intersection is usually the worst part.

If the traffic is bad just outside of Gatlinburg on the Spur, take the bypass around and come in from the East.

Columbus, Ohio
Level Contributor
18 posts
175 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

From Wears Valley to Gatlinburg, there are basically two ways to go. The first is to take 321 into Townsend and then go into the National Park and go toward the National Park Visitors Center. This way is two lane roads and is many times heavily traveled by sight seeres in the park. It is also sometimes closed if the weather conditions are bad.

The other way is to follow 321 into Pigeon Forge and then you can take one of two ways...either follow 321/441 to Gatlinburg....the way most people go and is four lanes (two each direction.). The other way would be to take Dollywood Lane from the Parkway and it will become Upper Middle Creek Road. Follow that to Pittman Center Road and toward Gatlinburg through the Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community. This is also all two lane, twisty roads that would probably take more time than a crowded 441 would.

Here is one hint to help if you want to see something on the south end of Gatlinburg (Ober Gatlinburg, Space Needle) or if you are on the south end of the Parkway in Gatlnburg and want to head to Pigeon Forge... Take The Gatlinburg By-Pass through the National Park. If you are coming from Pigeon Forge, look for the exit ramp to the By-Pass if you are in Gatlinburg, follow the Parkway south into the National Park and look for the signs for "Pigeon Forge via By-pass." These can be time saving IF the parkway into or out of Gatlinburg is busy.

Bedford, Indiana
Level Contributor
5,784 posts
280 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

If you want to avoid PF traffic, or most of it, the advice about veterans parkway is spot on. You go east on 441 (I think) in Sevirville, turn right onto Veterans and when it comes back onto the main drag, turn left towards GB. GB traffic may be worse. Take the bypass if you aren't stopping in GB to miss GB traffic.

Holland, Michigan
Level Contributor
66 posts
36 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

How about taking Teaster Lane around? Is that a quicker way? We will be there next week.

Wilder, KY
Level Contributor
229 posts
Save Reply
5. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

If you're looking to miss just PF traffic, Teaster can help, but really most of the bad traffic tends to be between the outlet malls in Sevierville through the intersection with Wears Valley Road. Unless it's a really busy weekend, the rest of the stretch is usually tolerable. So, Teaster really won't help that much, b/c it puts you right in the middle of the traffic.

Veterans Blvd is a great option for bypassing all of the Sevierville and Pigeon Forge traffic if you're headed into Gatlinburg, but really only helps when you're headed to/from I-40 or some other location on the outskirts of town.

If you're staying on the east side of town (a cabin off Upper Middle Creek Rd, for example), a great option to get to Gatlinburg is Pittman Center as noted above. It is windy, but is rarely crowded and is a very scenic drive.

Townsend, Tennessee
Destination Expert
for Townsend, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Level Contributor
963 posts
14 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

Ken - From Walden Creek, head into PF on 321, straight across the parkway to Teaster, then right on Teaster to Dollywood Lane. Then pick up Upper Middle Creek Rd to Bird's Creek or Pittman (416) and come into Gatlinburg from the East. .

7. Re: Backroads between P.F. & Gatlinburg

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 12:17 am, April 01, 2015